ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation
5211 West Broad Street
Suite 102
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement ASK is dedicated to making life better for children with cancer in Central Virginia through emotional, financial, social, and educational support.
Web and Social Media
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Godkin
Board Chair Mrs. Jodie Kitchens
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Contact Information
Address 5211 West Broad Street
Suite 102
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 658-5910
Fax 804 658-5952
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
Association for the Support of Children with Cancer1978
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $542,848.00
Projected Expenses $575,988.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2013View
Kourageous Kids2010View
Mission ASK is dedicated to making life better for children with cancer in Central Virginia through emotional, financial, social, and educational support.
This past year, the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation (ASK):
  • Financially assisted 50 families for a total of $35,000.
  • Increased the number of children served by our educational program which includes tutoring, neuropsychological testing, and preschool intervention.
  • Expanded our First Step Preschool (Socialization Through Enriched Play) program to offer a second classroom.  This program is in collaboration with First Baptist Church.  
  • We have expanded our Moving Forward program.  This program is offered in partnership with the YMCA and gives our families an opportunity to work with a personal trainer on fitness goals.  We also have added a Super Siblings program that gives support to the siblings of our families.
  • Have been able to maintain a balanced budget without sacrificing staff or services to children
  • Pro bono services of someone in public relations and/ or marketing to assist in community awareness.
  • Ongoing need of small toys, dvd's,  crafts, netbooks, DVD players, snacks and drinks for use at the clinic.
  • Develop a speakers' bureau of volunteers to be available for community awareness and/or fundraising events.
  • Volunteer help for large fundraising events in spring and fall.
  • Corporate sponsors for large fundraising events in the spring and fall.

For over 34 years, the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation has been making life better for children with cancer by providing support, comfort, understanding and resources to families who go through treatment in the ASK Hematology/Oncology clinic in Richmond, Virginia. Each year ASK serves approximately 500 local children, including 3 newly diagnosed children each week. We have recently expanded our services to an additional 500 children being treated for serious blood disorders, including sickle cell and hemophilia.

ASK helps families navigate the pediatric cancer process, from diagnosis to treatment and “life after” cancer.  Whether it’s financial, spiritual, social or emotional, ASK works to provide the quality-of-life support that children and their caregivers need to make treatment less traumatic.


ASK supports the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Medical Center, the only pediatric oncology facility on the region.


CEO Statement ASK was founded by parents and medical staff that had a vision of hope and happiness for each child that would be faced with cancer. They began by making small changes. As the years went by, ASK grew into an extraordinary organization, expanding its programs and services to meet the needs of children and families today as we look toward a cure tomorrow. Until then, we continue to hold on to hope and look for ways of bringing happiness into the lives of children with cancer.


Areas of Service
Areas Served
Tri-cities Region
Metro Richmond
ASK serves all children and families in primarily in Central Virginia battling cancer and serious blood disorder. Children living within a 150 mile radius of Richmond are treated at the ASK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Jodie Kitchens
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Leslie Armstrong VCU Health Systems
Mr. Scott Armstrong Old Dominion Insulation
Mr. James Baber IVScott and Stringfellow
Mr. James E. Eck Dominion
Mrs. Jodie Kitchens Capital One
Mr. Josh Kugelman Anthem
Mr. Craig LeFeber MultiFinancial
Mrs. Melissa Murchison Consultant
Mr. Darry Newbill Deloitte & Touche
Mr. Aaron Redman Union First Market
Ms. Helen Reed HL Reed Design, SEElogix
Mr. Talon Rice MeadWestvaco
Ms. Carla Russell Dominion
Mrs. Jill Shimp VCU Health Systems
Mr. Dale Smith Capital One
Mr. Craig Toalson Home Building Association of Richmond
Ms. Cindy Viener Capital One
Mr. Rod Young Deloitte
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Board terms have no limits. The executive board is elected for a two year term.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Amy Godkin

Former CEOs
Ms. Debra Abney Mar 2011 - July
Senior Staff
Mrs. Denice Grawe Office Manager
Ms. Britt Nelson Development Director
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 125
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2011
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description ASK's Child Life Program is run by a full-time Child Life Therapist who works in the ASK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The program's Child Life therapist and volunteers serve as the children's advocates, helping them maintain contact with their friends back home and celebrating milestones of their childhood.

During long hours spent in the clinic, the child life therapist provides supportive intervention, as well as educational and therapeutic play. Children are encouraged to express themselves through play, using toys to demonstrate their feelings about medical treatments and procedures.

ASK's Child Life Program strives to provide as many normal life experiences as possible during treatment and offers opportunities for cancer patients and their families to forget about their disease and enjoy life.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $300,000.00
Description Coping with a life-threatening illness like cancer or a serious blood disorder is an overwhelming challenge for even the most courageous children and their loved ones. ASK understands the enormous strain these diseases place on families and offers emotional and psychological support to find the strength they need to accept, understand and fight these diseases.

ASK provides psychological services from a doctoral-trained, state licensed professional on a consultative basis to children and their caretakers. Services include but are not limited to: psychological assessment and diagnosis, individual and family psychotherapy, pain and symptom management, and consultation with other members of the psychosocial team to develop a support plan for those struggling to cope with the issues surrounding childhood cancer and serious blood disorders.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $125,000.00
Description The Chaplain provides counseling, spiritual guidance, sympathetic companionship, and crisis intervention to children with cancer and their families. Recognizing the heavy financial toll that a diagnosis of cancer can have on a family, the Chaplain also administers ASK's Chaplain Fund which is an account designed to help families in crisis pay for items such as rental and/or mortgage payments, utility bills, overnight hotel stays, parking and meal tickets, groceries and funeral expenses. This past year we were able to help 50 families with grants totaling $35,000.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $100,000.00
Description While our children are battling cancer, they are also striving to be successful in the educational setting. Unfortunately, due to absences for prolonged hospitalizations, clinic visits, and just not feeling well due to treatment or the disease itself, many of these children and teens are finding it difficult to stay caught up in their school work. Many children who received surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a bone marrow transplant, suffer late cognitive effects of treatment. These late effects may include short-term memory loss, difficulty with word retrieval, inability to focus and concentrate for long periods, and slower processing skills. In addition, vision, hearing, speech, and fine motor skills may be impaired. All of these side effects or late effects may have great consequences in regards to the child’s academic achievement.

ASK has partnered with the Educational Consultant to provide tutoring, neuropyschological testing and evaluations, educational workshops, college and vocational advising, and scholarships in an effort to help children with cancer succeed in the academic setting during and after their treatments. 
Additionally ASK helps sponsor an annual graduation luncheon and ceremony for graduating high school cancer survivors. Through generous donations, ASK is able to give graduates a scholarship for continuing education. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $25,000.00
Description Young Adult Survivors Group connects 20-30 year old childhood cancer survivors for educational and social support.

The group directs its attention to the needs of teens and young adults after their cancer treatments are complete. They tackle medical, social, psychological, employment and insurance issues that may affect them as they mature. An annual young adult retreat is planned each year.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $3,000.00
Description In coordination with the YMCA, Moving Forward is a fun and dynamic physical fitness program designed to help survivors improve strength, mobility, coordination, endurance, balance, and self-esteem.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $1,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments Our programs and services are planned through the Patient Care Committee as well as the Family Care Council. We make every effort to learn from the children and their families exactly what they need to make their lives better as they go through the cancer journey.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $542,848.00
Projected Expenses $575,988.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$16,100
Individual Contributions$199,902$130,793$35,003
Investment Income, Net of Losses($4,429)$74,090$77,437
Membership Dues------
Special Events$276,991$311,970$300,568
Revenue In-Kind$11,700----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$457,194$481,038$499,552
Administration Expense$67,220$71,301$74,558
Fundraising Expense$49,286$41,192$54,436
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.880.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%81%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%9%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$870,584$903,729$969,700
Current Assets$183,984$131,042$170,827
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$25,978$15,587$13,030
Total Net Assets$844,606$888,142$956,670
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.088.4113.11
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 4/2016View
Organization Comments
Fiscal Year 2009 Clarifying Note:
The Association’s preliminary financial statements for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2009 reflect revenues in excess of expenditures of approximately $120,000.  This is the result of certain of the Association’s program expenditures being temporarily funded by a third party.  The fund from which these expenditures are being paid will become depleted within the fiscal year ending May 31, 2010, and the Association would then reassume funding of these amounts.  Absent this nonrecurring item, the financial statements for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2009 would reflect a deficit of expenditures over revenues of approximately $80,000.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Wells, Coleman & Company LLP.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" is exclusively support from Foundations.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" includes corporate support.